I don’t recall doing this in any previous year, but as I prepare to lighten the load on WordPress, I was looking back over 2015 on this blog. Just looking.
In January, this blog plodded along in documents, mainly the Directory on Public Piety and the Liturgy. My favorite post asked the question: What if Catholic bosses didn’t fire people for contrary opinions?
In February, we plodded along with an old document on bishop/women religious relations. That was about the time I was giving more serious consideration to shutting down. In comparison to a far more rewarding experience of ministry and real life, the internet stuff, especially the imprudent extremes, doesn’t seem so important.
Looking back on March, I was struck again by the thought that had never occurred to me: just perhaps, Christians might not mourn their dead.
April added posts on Pope Francis’ mercy document and Humanae Vitae. In the wider world, the LCWR/CDF feud came to a quiet end. Disappointment for the Catholic Right.
The month after, my discernment clicked into high gear. One staff colleague thought I was silly to declare my departure before I had a job lined up. But the pastor and I arranged a little Ignatian-style openness on the side. On the blog, we dug into JP2’s mercy doc from 1980.
In June, SCOTUS ruled on same-sex unions, and six months later, I’ve heard of nobody racing out of a heterosexual marriage to experiment elsewise based on a legal recognition for somebody else. I still haven’t detected a redirection of church resources to help people in sacramental marriages. Maybe it’s more fun to be against.
On June 25th I accepted a job offer, and five weeks later, my family and I had just slept in our new home for the first night. I had written a lot in May and June and most of those posts landed in a personal-best July of 149 posts.
By August, Laudato Si’ was in full daily posts, and a more popular discussion here looked at distinctions in Catholic music.
September found the pope in America, and a family conference in Philadelphia had nearly nothing on adoption. Plus, it was entertaining to see people parsing the Holy Father to a degree that would have given likewise failing grades to a recent predecessor or two.
This Fall has been more of a blur, as I look back. Getting more of my head, heart, and spirit into my new parish takes up a lot of energy. I don’t blog to give readers a rundown of parish goings-on. Never have, really.
As of tonight, there are 47 posts in the queue on Laudato Si’ ready to go one-a-day up to the first Sunday in Lent. I started writing up Psalm 139 for Reconciliation today. Another dozen Bible passages for Penance are still in varying stages of writing, not being written, or hoping somebody else will write them.
Leaving off 2015, the thread is now open. Max, you on the way?